UNBC’s first play­off game ends in de­feat

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Cit­i­zen staff

For 66 min­utes, the wall the UNBC Tim­ber­wolves put up in front of their goalie, Ty Ven­hola, with­stood the pun­ish­ment.

Like White Walk­ers in Game of Thrones, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons of univer­sity men’s soc­cer had one goal in mind – dom­i­nance – and they never stopped press­ing.

They had no dragons rain­ing fire, but the Al­berta Golden Bears brought some im­pres­sive weaponry to the soc­cer field Satur­day af­ter­noon in Ed­mon­ton and used it to snuff out the play­off lives of the Tim­ber­wolves in a 3-0 win.

Canada West scor­ing cham­pion Ajeej Sarkaria got the Golden Bears started, scor­ing the only goal they would need at the 65:34 mark. Nikko Cugli­etta, with his eighth goal in 11 games at 75:58, and Eas­ton On­garo, in the 90th minute, sealed the win for Al­berta.

Ven­hola made eight saves in goal for the T-wolves, who qual­i­fied for the play­offs for the first time in their six-year Canada West his­tory. UNBC’s com­mit­ment to de­fence al­lowed only three of Al­berta’s shots to got through in the score­less first half.

Golden Bears goal­keeper Con­nor James made four saves for the shutout.

Cheona Edz­erza, a fifth-year UNBC for­ward, had prob­a­bly the best scor­ing chance for the T-wolves, fac­ing an open net with the ball on the goal line in the 60th minute, but Al­berta de­fender Cam Sjerde got to the ball first.

The Golden Bears ad­vanced to the U Sports Canada West fi­nal four play­offs this com­ing week­end in Van­cou­ver.

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